Revamp of the traditional card game from the southern parts of Taiwan and Penghu County
This Taiwanese Zodiac Signs card game, also called the mouse cards, were popular and played during Lunar New Year in Penghu County and Lukang, Changhua County, where I grew up. However, this game is losing its popularity with the technological Innovation. I decided to redesign the cards so it could attract young generations to play and also teach them Arabic Numerals, Earthly Branches and Taiwanese animals.
Dermot Mac Cormack
HISTORY OF THE CARD GAME
The zodiac card game, also known as the mouse cards, was traditionally played for gambling during the Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Around 1950, some factories had been producing this card game ever since. These cards shaped as rectangle and are similar to the Khorol game, which is played in Mongolia. The game rules are easy to play with because the rules are similar to Mahjong – one of the most popular games among Asia countries. This card game is easy to learn and plays an important role of connecting family members together during the celebration of New Year’s Eve.
1950年至今，就已經有些工廠就開始生產此類的遊戲卡牌。這些方形的牌與蒙古的諾日布牌很相似。這個牌玩起來簡單上手，因為玩法和最熱門的牌類遊戲 – 麻將，極為相似。這個遊戲學起來淺顯易懂，也是過年夜跟家庭成員聯繫感情的重要道具。
THE NEW OLD GAME
Since the cards themselves have already established an iconic visuals, I created a graphic system that visualises each animal easily without adding too many colors.
The idea was to redesign and modernised this existing game, but keep the classic look and feel. Since this card game was played mostly in Taiwan, I picked twelve animals from Taiwan. To maintain the consistency, I keep the main elements from the game, such as the blue backgrounds with red and yellow spots, rectangle shapes and the mirroring animals. Furthermore, I added both Arabic numerals and Earthly Branches systems on the corners to let players learn the orders of the traditional Chinese timing system.
HOVER ON THE CARDS TO SEE ALL ZODIAC ANIMALS